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Fun Run/Walk series gearing up, families encouraged to join

CADYVILLE - When looking for a fun family activity to take part in this summer, the Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department wants you to look no further than the Cadyville Recreation Park.

An estimated six years ago, CVPH Medical Center began hosting fun runs at the Plattsburgh State Field House to promote heart health, through their HeartSmart program. Four years ago, when the program was in need of a new course, the recreation department stepped up.

"They needed a new home, so we took them on," explained Melanie Defayette, the department's director.

The Family Fun Run/Walk series will begin next Wednesday, June 23, and will be held every Wednesday for the following eight weeks.

For children age 3 and younger, there will be a quarter-mile run/walk, beginning at 6 p.m. At 6:10 p.m., there will be a half-mile run/walk for children age 4-6. At 6:15 p.m., there will be a 1-mile run/walk for children age 7-10 and 11-14. Adults may also walk in this race. The final race, held at 6:30 p.m. will be an open 5-kilometer run.

Over the years, Defayette has seem the number of participants grow, with last year averaging 100 runners and walkers weekly.

"It's run so smoothly," Defayette said. "Jim [Medeiros] does a wonderful job. He runs the thing like a clock."

Defayette said Medeiros, one of the organizers of the fun run, is always able to complete the event within an hour.

"[Participants] enjoy it because they know they're going to shape up, they're going to do their thing," she said.

Defayette added people enjoy the fun runs because it's a way for them to enjoy a family activity without any competition.

"People do this just for their own times. They like to see themselves improve," she said.

The races will be held rain or shine, and people who compete in at least five out of the eight weeks will receive a free T-shirt.

"Just come out, enjoy the park, enjoy the fresh air," Defayette said.

For more information, call the recreation department at 562-6860, or Medeiros at 293-8540.

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